Conscience And Counseling
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Many times, people come for Word Based
Counseling because of matters of conscience. Literally,
knowing with, i.e., a co-knowledge (with oneself).@
is that inner activity of the soul as it senses what is
right or wrong, and prompts us to do right and avoid
wrong, and then approves or condemns us based on the
actions and affections we have chosen.
The clearest picture of this activity of
the conscience in Scripture is Paul=s
demonstration that all men are responsible before God
for their actions, because they all have a revelation of
law within their hearts:
For when the Gentiles, which have
not the law, do by nature the things contained in
the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto
themselves: which shew the work of the law written
in their hearts, their conscience also bearing
witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing
or else excusing one another; in the day when God
shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ
according to my gospel (Romans 2:14-16).
For some people seeking counseling, it=s
a matter of an evil or bad conscience condemning them
before God because of sin. Sometimes, a
person has refused to listen to and rejected their
conscience, and made their faith a shipwreck (I Timothy
1:19). Conscience can be defiled (Titus 1:15), or
even seared (I Timothy 4:2).
provision for a bad conscience is the blood of Jesus
Christ, received through repentance by faith. His
precious blood purges the conscience from dead works
(the works of sin that lead to death and produce no
life) (Hebrews 9:14), and it sprinkles the heart from an
evil conscience (Hebrews 10.22), cleansing it and giving
pardon and peace.
For some, it=s
a matter of a good conscience. Like Paul, they
exercise themselves to always have a conscience void of
offense toward God, and toward men (Acts 24:16).
Thus they are voluntarily opening their life up for
inspection and conviction by the Holy Spirit through
counsel from God=s
Word. Occasionally, such a person is being accused
and spoken evil of, yet their conscience is not
condemning them, and that confuses or concerns them.
Word Based Counseling can help them sort out the facts
and their feelings, and come to an assurance that they
are walking Ain
simplicity and Godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom,
but by the grace of God@
and thus rejoice in the testimony of their conscience
(II Corinthians 1:12).
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